In the heat of the summer, it's hard to even think about cooking, but this dish literally takes the heat out of every situation. It's something like fresh pickles!
Made by my mother and hers before her, this is real pioneer food -- no muss, no fuss, and simply delicious.
Cuke & Onion Salad
2 med cukes (I used an English local variety, 1 large one)
1 onion (Mom used yellow; I had red, so that's what I used)
Slice thin - this is exactly what mandolins are for!
2/3 cup white or cider vinegar (how subtle do you want to be?)
1/2 teas. coarse salt
Pour over onions and cucumbers. Chill.
Some people add tomatoes, and there are recipes with sugar, but this is the basic mix. Prepare at least a few hours in advance so that it gets a nice chill, and serve as an appetizer salad or a side dish. Particularly nice with BBQ. We just pull the veggies out with our fingers, but civilized folk might include tongs or a fork.
I keep any extra around to put on sandwiches or even plain bread. Yum!
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